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Marriott Harrison

2-3 vacancies
7 trainees
20 partners
90 staff

A leading specialist business law firm operating in the heart of London, offering high-quality work and dedicated training to our lawyers.

Remember to cite LawCareers.Net on your application form if you apply to Marriott Harrison.

More info

We hire trainees to be the future partners of our firm. We aim to recruit exclusively through our summer vacation scheme, which is an excellent way to discover whether working for an independent business law firm operating in the heart of London is for you. We see our summer scheme as a two-way process. We want to make sure you are right for MH and we want to make sure that MH is the right place for you.

Further details on how to apply can be found here.

What we look for

When assessing applications, we look for the following:

A strong academic background, with a common sense approach

A well-rounded personality, with interests beyond passing exams

An ability to work well in closely-knit teams

Ambition and self-motivation

Reliability and trust

Application process

We invite approximately 24 applicants to join us for one week (on average three or four participants per week) during the months of June and July. The application process runs as follows:

The deadline for applications is 23 March 2023

A number of applicants are then selected for video interview during April

We then invite the best 24 to join us in the summer for a week-long placement

At the end of the summer, a small number of participants from the vacation scheme will be invited back for a final interview

We usually offer training contracts to two or three applicants each year

Applications to

Mr David Strong

Method of application

Online Application Form

Method of assessment

  • Partner interview
  • Presentation
  • Video interview
  • Written exercise

Marriott Harrison LLP is a leading independent London law firm recognised for the high quality and personable approach of its lawyers.

The firm provides a partner-led service for clients across a wide range of commercial practice areas and sectors, with a particular focus on owner-managed businesses and investors into those enterprises. It operates at a level which is often only matched by firms several times larger, deploying specialist teams of lawyers who work at the highest levels of competence in each of its core practice areas. Our lawyers have diverse professional backgrounds. Some have had previous non-legal careers, others have considerable experience at magic circle or major city firms and an increasing number are home-grown.

As MH operates from a single office, it is able to maintain a cohesive working environment, ensuring flexibility and streamlined decision-making across its departments. We are committed to continuing to grow the firm while maintaining our identity and culture.

MH provides a positive and open working environment where its junior lawyers are nurtured and mentored so that they can fulfil their career potential. MH encourages all of its fee earners to develop and maintain client relationships from day one of joining.

MH also recognises that there is life beyond the office. All partners and staff are encouraged to participate in helping the wider community through a commitment to corporate social responsibility. Above all, MH is a friendly and supportive firm that is committed to helping its people deliver to the excellence and high quality service that all levels of its personnel and its clients expect.

MH places great importance on having a supportive working environment where everyone can enjoy their work.

MH aims to hire all its trainee solicitors from within its summer vacation scheme. Every participant in the 2023 summer vacation scheme will work in the office for a week between June and July and will typically attend with three other participants.

During the week, each participant will have excellent visbility of real project work and will be given access to work from all departments in the firm. Participants will get to see what it is like to make a genuine contribution to live transactions. The week is intended to make the experience as close to that of a trainee as possible, thereby giving both MH and the participant lots of opportunities to see whether they match.

Subject to the usual demands placed on fee earners, participants may get to attend various events throughout the week including client meetings, training sessions, business development events and social events which will help the participant get to know a wide range of people at the firm. There will be a range of formal and informal assessments throughout the week, looking at both technical legal and soft interpersonal skills.

Trainees form an important part of the MH teams and are directly involved in transactional work from the start. Typically, the training contract is split into four six-month seats, spread across its core departments. 

MH offers trainees high-quality and varied work, increasing in complexity as they progress through their training contract. Trainees sit with a partner in each seat, ensuring that they receive direct guidance from experienced practitioners throughout their training contract. Associates are always on hand to offer support and guidance when needed.

Depending on the department, work may come from a variety of different fee earners. Every three months trainees will have a review meeting with the supervising partner for that seat, to discuss progress and the ways in which career development can best be achieved.

MH provides an all-round approach to training, aiming to develop the individual as both a lawyer and a person. Like work placement participants, trainees are involved in all aspects of office life, including client meetings, marketing events, CSR, internal social events (some of which are trainee-led), seminars and external and internal training events, and are generally encouraged to make the most of the many opportunities available.

MH was pleased to be nominated for Best Trainer – Medium City Firm at the LawCareers.Net Awards 2016 and again in 2017, and was nominated for Best Training Principal in 2019. MH was awarded winner in the categories of Job Satisfaction, Quality of Work, Social Life, Client Contact and Approachability of Supervisors at the Lex 100 Awards 2021.

We currently pay future LPC fees for successful applicants about to start the LPC course. We intend to do likewise in respect of the SQE.

  • Corporate
  • Banking & finance
  • Business restructuring
  • Private equity
  • Public markets
  • Commercial
  • IP/IT
  • Employment
  • Dispute resolution
  • Real estate
  • Corporate & Commercial
  • General Commercial
  • Niche

Practice Areas

Extra info

80 Cheapside, London, EC2V 6EE
Phone: 020 7209 2000
Email: [email protected]
Work placement: Yes
Number of vacation schemes: 24
Minimum qualification: 2.1 (unless mitigating circumstances)
Start salary: £40,000 (from September 2024)
Fees paid for:
  • LPC
  • SQE
  • London
  • LMP Education